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Inkjet-/3D-/4D-printed autonomous wearable RF modules for biomonitoring, positioning and sensing applications
Author(s): Jo Bito; Ryan Bahr; Jimmy Hester; John Kimionis; Abdullah Nauroze; Wenjing Su; Bijan Tehrani; Manos M. Tentzeris
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, numerous inkjet-/3D-/4D-printed wearable flexible antennas, RF electronics, modules and sensors fabricated on paper and other polymer (e.g. LCP) substrates are introduced as a system-level solution for ultra-low-cost mass production of autonomous Biomonitoring, Positioning and Sensing applications. This paper briefly discusses the state-of-the-art area of fully-integrated wearable wireless sensor modules on paper or flexible LCP and show the first ever 4D sensor module integration on paper, as well as numerous 3D and 4D multilayer paper-based and LCP-based RF/microwave, flexible and wearable structures, that could potentially set the foundation for the truly convergent wireless sensor ad-hoc “on-body networks of the future with enhanced cognitive intelligence and “rugged” packaging. Also, some challenges concerning the power sources of “nearperpetual” wearable RF modules, including flexible miniaturized batteries as well as power-scavenging approaches involving electromagnetic and solar energy forms are discuessed. The final step of the paper will involve examples from mmW wearable (e.g. biomonitoring) antennas and RF modules, as well as the first examples of the integration of inkjet-printed nanotechnology-based (e.g.CNT) sensors on paper and organic substrates for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. It has to be noted that the paper will review and present challenges for inkjetprinted organic active and nonlinear devices as well as future directions in the area of environmentally-friendly “green”) wearable RF electronics and “smart-skin conformal sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2017
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 10194, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX, 101940Z (18 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262795
Show Author Affiliations
Jo Bito, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Ryan Bahr, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Jimmy Hester, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
John Kimionis, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Abdullah Nauroze, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Wenjing Su, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Bijan Tehrani, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Manos M. Tentzeris, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10194:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX
Thomas George; Achyut K. Dutta; M. Saif Islam, Editor(s)

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